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Andy Goldsworthy's Garden of Stones
Core Building and Robert M. Morgenthau Wing
Special exhibitions

Core Building & Robert M. Morgenthau Wing

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust opened in 1997 to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the broad tapestry of Jewish life over the past century--before, during, and after the Holocaust. In mid-September 2003, the Museum opened its 82,000-square-foot Robert M. Morgenthau Wing, which contains Edmond J. Safra Hall, a state-of-the-art theater; Garden of Stones, a memorial garden designed by Andy Goldsworthy; The Heritage Cafe, a kosher cafe; a catering hall; classrooms; and expanded gallery space for special exhibitions.

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Garden of Stones

Andy Goldsworthy

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Garden of Stones

Artist Andy Goldsworthy has designed Garden of Stones, a permanent outdoor Memorial Garden employing stones, trees, and soil as its core elements. A series of 18 carefully selected boulders are installed throughout the garden. Each one has been hollowed out and holds a single sapling Dwarf Oak that will show through a small hole at the top. As the trees mature in the coming years, each will grow to become a part of the stone, its trunk fusing to the base. It will dramatically suggest how nature can survive under seemingly impossible circumstances. As a living memorial, the garden is a tribute to the hardship, struggle, tenacity, and survival experienced by those who endured the Holocaust.

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Special Exhibitions

Coming Soon

Last Folio: Remnants of Jewish Life in Slovakia

Opening March 25, 2011

Last Folio features stunning photographs taken by Yuri Dojc of once-vibrant Jewish communities throughout Slovakia.  His photographic journey began in an abandoned school in Bardejov, where time has stood still since the day in 1943 when its students were taken to concentration camps.  His images capture the poignant ruins of schools, synagogues, and cemeteries—remnants from a Jewish past. A documentary created by Katya Krausova follows Dojc through Slovakia, and is part of the exhibition.

Last Folio is made possible by a leadership gift in memory of John Grunwald by Rita Grunwald. Additional support provided by Fern Schad and Alfred Moses, and the May and Samuel Rudin Foundation.






Now On View

Fire in My Heart: The Story of Hannah Senesh

On view October 13, 2010 through August 7, 2011

Known the world over as the author of Eli, Eli, Hannah Senesh came of age as a promising poet in cosmopolitan Budapest. In 1939, she immigrated to the Land of Israel and became a pioneering kibbutznik. In 1943, she volunteered to parachute behind enemy lines to aid Hungary’s embattled Jews, and was executed the following year at the age of 23. Almost immediately, Senesh became a national hero to the fledgling Jewish community in Palestine. Through her diaries, poems, photographs, and few remaining possessions— to be shown here for the first time—a life extinguished far too soon is revealed.

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This exhibition is made possible by leadership gifts in loving memory of Anne Ratner from her children and grandchildren, and from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. Additional support provided by the David Berg Foundation and The Laszlo N. Tauber Family Foundation, Inc.


We are grateful to the Senesh Family for making the exhibition possible by providing material from their collection.


Travel generously sponsored by EL AL Airlines. The Jewish Week is the media partner.


project Mah Jongg

On view through February 27, 2011

Since the 1920s, the game of mah jongg has ignited the popular imagination with its beautiful tiles, mythical origins, and communal spirit. Come learn the history and meanings of the beloved game that became a Jewish-American tradition.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld. Exhibit design by Abbott Miller, Pentagram. Editions 2wice publication courtesy the 2wice Arts Foundation.

This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of the National Mah Jongg League. Additional support provided by Sylvia Hassenfeld. Exhibit design by Abbott Miller, Pentagram. Editions 2wice publication courtesy the 2wice Arts Foundation.

Read more about the exhibition in the New York Times.


The Morgenthaus: A legacy of Service

On view through December 2010

The Morgenthaus have embraced the promise of America since their arrival in 1866. Wanting to contribute to their country and their communities, they dedicated themselves to public service. The exhibition tells the story of three generations of this family, and explores the fascinating ways in which their services to others changed the course of world events, American politics, and Jewish history.

This exhibition is made possible through generous funding from the Isenberg Family Charitable Trust, Marina and Stephen E. Kaufman, Lois and Martin Whitman, Jack Rudin, and New York State Senator Eric T. Schneiderman.

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Media sponsorship is generously provided by Manhattan Media.


Keeping History Center

Now on View

The Keeping History Center is an interactive, digital visitor experience. Phase 1 of the center features Voices of Liberty, a soundscape composed of diverse voices responding to arriving in America for the first time, including Holocaust survivors, Soviet refuseniks, and others. As the exhibit grows, visitors will be able to add their own responses to seeing the harbor or their own stories of arriving in the U.S. The Center also contains a virtual exploration of Andy Goldsworthy’s Garden of Stones. Visitors can visit the Garden for themselves and then view tree growth through time and across seasons via a time-lapse camera. Footage of Goldsworthy creating each element of the memorial garden is part of this new installation.

Phase 2, planned for 2011, will allow visitors to use state-of-the-art technology to add their own voices, “curate” their own experiences, and understand that they themselves are part of the history they keep. The Center is being designed by the award-winning firms C&G Design and Potion.

The Keeping History Center, dedicated by Morton Pickman in memory of Morris and Fannie Pickman, is made possible by a generous grant from the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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